Wednesday, February 11, 2009

One Big Furry Family!

Recently we told you that from time to time we will be spotlighting other local independent businesses in this blog (last week we talked about Music Millenium). Today we're thrilled to talk to you about our close-by neighbors, Furever pets, which this Sunday will hold its 6th anniversary party! Congratulations!! (more on the party later...)

Symon Lee started the store in 2003 with 1200 square feet on 19th Ave, expanding into a Northeast Broadway storefront in 2004, and just recently expanding even further along Broadway. Symon, formerly an industrial designer working with toys, computers, and high-tech medical equipment, was committed to building a pet store that treats the furry ones like family and that is an integral part of the animal community and the human community, not just a retail establishment. He has succeeded on all counts. Besides offering high-end pet food and supplies (many locally produced), Furever pets works closely with several non-profit animal groups, facilitating donations, adoptions, and rescues, and also supports several two-legged neighborhood activities and associations.

Their website ( tells you a bit about their philosophy:

"At Furever pets, we treat you and your furry friends like family. We believe you and your pets deserve the best so we carry only premium pet foods and treats, fun toys, stylish pet apparel, and unique accessories. If you’re ever in the neighborhood, come on in for the Furever pets shopping experience. You’ll be thrilled with the products we carry and the personalized service we offer. And do remember to bring your furry friends. They are always welcome in the store."

The anniversary party this weekend (Sunday, February 15th, from 11 to 5) will offer light snacks and drinks, special sales, and door prizes. If you're one of the first 250 customers to spend $50 or more, you will get a limited edition Furever pets reusable shopping bag. Best of all, 15% of the total sales for the day will be donated to the animal charities the store partners with. What a great way to celebrate "6 barking and purring good years" of a wonderful, integral piece of the Northeast Broadway neighborhood. And then just hop on down and say hi to us and tell us how much fun you had. [Full disclosure: I am a cat person who likes dogs; Roberta is a dog person who likes cats. My guys -- Joey and Mikey -- are pictured above. My cats' personal favorites from the store? The Innova line of wet and dry cat food, the crinkly balls and the feathery-tailed mice, the catnip body pillows, the furry soft sleeping pads and all sizes of scratching boxes, and -- of course -- the peacock feathers.]

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